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Childhood and Adolescence Certificate

Childhood and Adolescence Studies Certificate

The CAS Certificate provides students with academic inquiry into:

  • the lives and unique perspectives of children and adolescents;
  • how children and adolescents make meaning of their environments and experiences;
  • social scientific research and theories on children and adolescents;
  • children and adolescents as a structural category that both affects and is affected by other institutions in society, such as culture, religion, politics, economics, health, and education;
  • children and adolescents in the contexts of family, schools, and community;
  • children and adolescents in their unique peer cultures;
  • the impact of race, class, gender, sexuality, and dis/ability on the lives of children and adolescents;
  • the developmental and cognitive stages of childhood and adolescence; and
  • the history of childhood and adolescence.

Benefits to students

  • Provides an opportunity for students to learn about and be trained in the current research in children and adolescent studies.
  • Students enrolled in the Childhood and Adolescence Studies Certificate will be able to take knowledge about this group into their work careers. Those completing the certificate will better understand children and adolescents in the worlds around them, make more informed community decisions, and work with children and adolescents in a more informed context within their families, jobs, and in community youth programs, such as athletics. The CAS program can help give children and adolescents a voice and assist both students and researchers in valuing the lives of children and adolescents.
  • Students interested in the program might be seeking careers at non-profit organizations, health centers, research institutes, schools, government establishments, or human resources divisions. Students also may be interested pursuing a specialty that will enhance their applications to graduate schools.
  • A certificate program allows students to develop proficiency in childhood and adolescence studies while they complete the requirements of a traditional academic major. The certificate would complement work in liberal arts disciplines, such as sociology, psychology, and history, as well as professional programs in criminal justice, health sciences, nursing, social welfare, and education.

Benefits to UWM faculty, staff, and researchers
In partnership with the Youth Work Learning Center, the CAS Certificate Program can facilitate collaboration between the many faculty and academic staff members who have an interest in the study of children and adolescents. The CAS Certificate Program can also forge additional ties to community agencies that work with children and adolescents, which would increase research collaborations between UWM and these agencies. Such collaborations strengthen both teaching quality and research productivity, and enhance community service.

How do I sign up?
Contact W. Hobart Davies,, to set up an appointment and plan your course of study. Please bring a copy of your transcript to the meeting and familiarize yourself with the program requirements.

The Childhood and Adolescence Studies Certificate is intended to enhance a bachelor's degree. The Program is open to all students seeking a bachelor's degree from UWM and to students who previously have received a bachelor's degree from UWM or any other accredited college or university.